SEARCHING DATABASES

NURS6052N Essent of Evidence-Based Pract

 

Module 3 Discussion

 

SEARCHING DATABASES

 

When you decide to purchase a new car, you first decide what is important to you. If mileage and dependability are the important factors, you will search for data focused more on these factors and less on color options and sound systems.

 

The same holds true when searching for research evidence to guide your clinical inquiry and professional decisions. Developing a formula for an answerable, researchable question that addresses your need will make the search process much more effective. One such formula is the PICO(T) format.

 

In this Discussion, you will transform a clinical inquiry into a searchable question in PICO(T) format, so you can search the electronic databases more effectively and efficiently. You will share this PICO(T) question and examine strategies you might use to increase the rigor and effectiveness of a database search on your PICO(T) question.

 

RESOURCES

 

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.

 

Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

 

WEEKLY RESOURCES

 

 To Prepare:

 

Review the Resources and identify a clinical issue of interest that can form the basis of a clinical inquiry.

 

Review the materials offering guidance on using databases, performing keyword searches, and developing PICO(T) questions provided in the Resources.

 

Based on the clinical issue of interest and using keywords related to the clinical issue of interest, search at least two different databases in the Walden Library to identify at least four relevant peer-reviewed articles related to your clinical issue of interest. You should not be using systematic reviews for this assignment, select original research articles.

 

Review the Resources for guidance and develop a PICO(T) question of interest to you for further study. It is suggested that an Intervention-type PICOT question be developed as these seem to work best for this course.

 

*Library tip:

 

Walden Library recommends starting your search broadly with one concept or search word and adding more elements one at a time. Depending on your topic, the evidence will not necessarily address all the aspects of your PICO(T) question in one article. Select the most important concepts to search and find the best evidence available, even if that means assembling evidence from multiple articles.

 

Nursing Research PageLinks to an external site. – databases and resources specifically for Nursing

 

Evidence-Based Practice guide: Evidence TypesLinks to an external site.

 

Nursing and Health research videosLinks to an external site., including a 15-minute introduction

 

Get HelpLinks to an external site. page, including Ask a LibrarianLinks to an external site. service

 

Quick Answers:

 

How do I find an article that reports on research that uses a specific methodology?Links to an external site.

 

How do I find original or primary research that analyzes empirical data?Links to an external site.

 

What is the Find at Walden button?Links to an external site.

 

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 4

 

Post a brief description of your clinical issue of interest. This clinical issue will remain the same for the entire course and will be the basis for the development of your PICOT question. Describe your search results in terms of the number of articles returned on original research and how this changed as you added search terms using your Boolean operators. Finally, explain strategies you might make to increase the rigor and effectiveness of a database search on your PICO(T) question. Be specific and provide examples.

 

BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 4

 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days and provide further suggestions on how their database search might be improv

SEARCHING DATABASES

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